English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Farnham

Major Settlement in the Parish of Farnham

Historical Forms

  • Fernham 1086 DB 1201 1263 Ipm 1282 FF 1486 Eton
  • 'Fernham by Hanley' 1405 Pat
  • Ferneham 1086 1281 Cl c.1333 BMI 1553 Cecil
  • Fernaam 1089 Pat 1371
  • Vernham 1288 Ass
  • Fernaham 1338 Pat
  • Fernhaump 1412 FA
  • Fern(n)am 1431 1475 Pat
  • Farnham 1199 CurR 1261 FF 1280 Ass 1285 Cecil
  • Farnham Deverel 1283 Cecil
  • 'Farnham by Guss(h)ygge' 1432 Pat
  • Farneham 1205 RC 1466 Weld2 1547 AD
  • Farnam 1263 Ipm 1408 BMI
  • Farenham 1288 Ass
  • Gounvyle Farnham 1547 Ct
  • Little Farnham 1829 EnclA
  • Farham 1261 FF
  • Ferham 1288 Ass
  • Firnham 1283 Cecil
  • Firnham Cary 1362 Pat
  • Fyrnham 1324 FF
  • Fornham 1314,1399 Cl

Etymology

'Homestead or enclosure where ferns grow', from fearn and hām or hamm , cf. Six. Handley par. infra , Gussage St M. par. supra . This p.n. occurs in several other counties, e.g. Farnham Ess 550, Fernham Brk 371. The affixes -Deverel , -Cary and Gounvyle - are manorial: Elias (de ) Deverel held a fee here in 1261 FF and 1314 Cl, Thomas Cary held the principal manor in 1357 Hutch3 (3 430), and Gounvyle - must be from the family which gave name to the adjacent par. of Tarrant Gunville infra .

Places in the same Parish

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